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A food record can help you evaluate your eating habits and track your progress as you make changes.
As you record your intake, fill in the squares to account for the amount you eat from each food group. To do this, you will need to know how much of a food equals 1 cup or 1 ounce. For example, let's say your breakfast consisted of:
For this breakfast, you would mark one square for the grains group, one square for the protein foods group, one square for the fruits group, and one square for the dairy group. Your record would look like this:
Number of cups or ounces (each square is equal to 1 cup or 1 ounce)
Grains (bread, cereal, pasta, rice)
Protein foods (nuts, eggs, fish)
At the end of your recording period, tally the total number of cups or ounces from each food group and divide by the number of days. For a personalized food guide with the recommended daily amount for each food group, see the interactive website www.ChooseMyPlate.gov.
After seeing which foods you need to eat more or less of, pick one or two changes that you want to work on. Don't try to change your eating habits all at once. If you consistently eat too few fruits and vegetables, for example, you might try making a goal of eating one or more fruits and/or one or more vegetables each day. Then, instead of recording everything you eat, you could record only your fruits and vegetables.
Another way to track your food intake is to record what you eat for several days when you first start making changes in your eating habits. Then do it again in a few weeks or months. Compare your first record with your second. How have you improved?
Use the form below to keep a food record over several days. Categorize the foods you eat into food groups, and each day mark a square to account for the amount you eat from each food group.
Current as of:
March 17, 2021
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Kathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineRhonda O'Brien MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Current as of: March 17, 2021
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
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